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I asked for lettuce for my birthday. It was the best gift ever.

Yes, you read that correctly. Lettuce. But there’s a reason for the vegetable talk, I promise. I don’t know about you, but with all of the stress and uncertainty dominating the internet for what seems like the 89th week in a row, I haven’t felt like creating much new content. But, I know that writing is a habit…
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Is rejection one of your goals? It should be.

I don’t know about you, but this year is off to a speedy start! 2020 brings with it a lot of vision jokes, and I hate to add to the noise of those already-overused-two-weeks-into-the-year marketing puns. But it’s starting to feel like a “blink and you’ll miss it” kind of month, am I right? I don’t usually make resolutions…
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Yes, you need a human editor. Here’s why.

Some people wonder why they need an editor, or if they even need to proofread when word processing programs now come standard with spell check and the new-ish grammar review “editor” that generates those double blue underlines to go with the red squiggly lines that formerly announced a mortal sin against the spelling gods. As…
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Cut the Fluff (and Other Keys to Concise Writing)

Writing concisely has immeasurable benefits. Whether you’re trying to give your audience the biggest bang for their buck, hold the attention of a distracted reader, or cram as much value or knowledge as possible into an allotted word count on an exam or scholarship essay, each word that you write should have value and meaning that earns its spot on the page.

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Aunt Jodie’s Guide: Evolving youth literature…one book at a time

The following article is based on a conversation with Jordan Bell, author of Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Evolution. (Cover photo credit: Ian Bell) When a dear friend of mine welcomed her first granddaughter, she reached out to me for book recommendations. A brilliant, grounded, and socially conscious intellectual, she wanted to share with her young…
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Check your Sources, and Check them Often: 4 Common Myths about Plagiarism

That’s right. It’s time to talk about the P-word. Plagiarism. The “Mufasa” (*shudder*) of academic writing. We’ve heard of it and know enough to avoid it like the plague. But…what is it, really? Most of us are aware of this career ruining, credibility wrecking beast, but few can identify the sneaky ways that plagiarism can…
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4 Must-Have Digital Marketing Tools for Beginners

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. See disclosure here. If you are new to the world of digital marketing, all the terminology and hype can be overwhelming. I know. I’ve been there. As a business owner, and as someone whose business focuses on helping other businesses increase their visibility, sales, and client base, I’ve…
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6 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Writing in Under an Hour

We’ve all been there. That article/essay/proposal deadline is looming, and it’s crunch time. There’s no time for another draft, and that piece of writing Must. Be. Sent. Time to panic, right? Wrong. Enter these quick fix tips to give your draft a 15-minute face lift before you click that Submit button. Now, I will be…
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Minnows Don’t Grow on Trees: 5 Lessons I Learned from My Dad

My dad has been my biggest supporter in following my dream to run my own business, so I find it most fitting that the inaugural post of Office Hours, The Pocket-Sized Professor blog, should be dedicated to him. He’ll be the first to tell you he’s not your go-to guy for writing help, but none…
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